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Cycling Spain

According to the ultimate authority that is Wikipedia, the Earth’s surface area is over 510 million kilometres squared – 148 million of which is land.

Spain encompasses just over 505 thousand kilometres squared – do the maths and it turns out it’s just 0.3 per cent of the total land available. And yet, UK cyclists flock to mainland Spain and its surrounding islands on an annual basis.

16 rides in Spain

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Calpe to Oliva Loop

Distance
185 km

Gain
3000 m

Road
Loop

Time
8 hours

If you really want to test your aerobic endurance, or are just a glutton for punishment, then the 185km loop from Calpe to Oliva and back through the mountains is the ride for you. A whole day in the saddle with over 3000m of climbing – that’s a big task even for some of the fittest riders. The route takes in the coastal resort of Denia (stop for ice cream!) before heading to Oliva (65km in). It’s here where the big climbs start - and don’t let up for 90km! Pace yourself, watch that heart rate, and we are sure you will have an amazing day on the pedals.

Gaudalest and Serra Gelada

Distance
98 km

Gain
1655 m

Road
Loop

Time
4 hours

A day of climbs and views, and a real mix of old and new in stunning natural surroundings. At just under 100km long and with 1655m of climbing it’s challenging but, with the views and the history it’s a great ride for a zone 2 day.

Coll de Rates and Port De Bernia Loop

Distance
116 km

Gain
2034 m

Road
Loop

Time
5 hours

A tough day out on the bike taking in some of the best climbing in Costa Blanca. With just over 115km of pedal turning and 2000m of elevation gain, it's a surefire way to empty the tank and boost endorphins.

Further Afield

Distance
190 km

Gain
2659 m

Road
Loop

Time
8/9 hours or 2 days

A big day out on the bike taking in the Gavarres and Serra de Rodes Mountains on a route to the crystal blue waters of the Med. You will definitely earn your stripes with this one! It’s a ride through true Salvador Dali country - although this experience will be firmly rooted in reality.

El Àngels, Girona

Distance
79 km

Gain
994 m

Road
Loop

Time
3-4 hours

A certain ‘ex’ 7x tour winner regularly rode this route for a tough short workout, but there’s far more than just a test of fitness to be had. Cross the Gavarres mountain massif twice and climb to the chapel where Salvador Dali married. This loop is an ideal intro to Girona road cycling.

Coast Loop

Distance
95 km

Gain
1188 m

Road
Loop

Time
3.5-4.5 hours

A ride that will burn itself solidly into the memory banks. Twisting gentle climbs, grin-inducing descents, views for miles, turquoise seas, a cycling experience for the soul. If you are cycling in Girona this is a must ride, you won’t regret it. Head to the coast!

Cartagena to Batería de Castillitos

Distance
31 km

Gain
690 m

Time
1 hr

Sant Hilari from Girona

Distance
114 km

Gain
1563 m

Road
Road

Time
4.5 hrs

For a good day’s challenge, we recommend taking on the Sant Hilari loop. This loop takes you up to the town of Sant Hilari Sacalm, inland from the coast, offering a great quiet alternative in the holiday season.

If you are in the Girona area, this ride is not to be missed!

Sa Calobra

Distance
10.3 km

Gain
670 m

Road
7%

Time
50 mins

Sa Calobra is Mallorca’s main gem in terms of cycling and arguably the most challenging climb on the island. If you come there for a week (who would go to Mallorca for even less at all?) then you better hold off Sa Calobra for midweek - first to get in shape and second - well, just don’t rush to the main dish! Getting in shape will just make you enjoy this amazing ride much more. But be sure, whatever your plans are, the day you’ll head to Sa Calobra is going to be The day.

Puerto de Ebo

Distance
8 km

Gain
6%

Road
440 m

Time
30 min

Puerto de Ebo follows the CV-712 from Vall d'Ebo, heading over the pas towards the Costa Blanca. This is a short and fairly easy climb, with regular gradients. It's popular with professional cyclists.

Montserrat Climb

Distance
8.5 km

Gain
588 m

Road
6.9%

Time
40 min

There is nothing more iconic for the Catalans than the Montserrat mountain, which is considered sacred. The monastery here attracts pilgrims by the hundreds of thousands. Same time the sheer beauty of nature here makes it a Mecca for hikers and cyclists alike. So we won't exaggerate to say that climbing this mountain is a must if you want some truly unforgettable and very local experience. The views are surrealist.

Port de Tudons

Distance
15.3

Gain
754 m

Road
5%

Time
~50 mins

Port de Tudons is one of the most popular cycling climbs in the Valencia Community, a favoured training ground of professional riders, and features several times in the Vuelta a España.

Can Grau

Distance
6.3 km

Gain
362 m

Time
25 mins

This is a fenomenal climb right off the seaside from them the main road along the Costa Brava coast. With zero traffic, this road is offers nice ride with gradual gentle climb to the hill top where you'll find picturesque old church and small café if you ride in the summer. Just be wary of the little stretch with 14% gradient right before you arrive to the top. Gorgeous views are guaranteed!

Basque Coast at it’s best

Distance
25 km

Gain
480 m

Time
1 hour

This is one of the nicest stretches of the coast of the Basque Country, with impressive views and some unique rock formations. Places to be recognised by some Game of Thrones fans!

La Mussara

Distance
10.5 km

Gain
636 m

Road
6%

Time
45 mins

Alt de la Musara is a picturesque cycling climb situated in the Tarragona province of Catalonia. It has been used in the Volta a Catalunya professional race, most recently in 2017 when the riders descended this side. The climb on the Vilaplana side is characterized by a high number of hairpin bends, as it winds its way through forest towards the Prades Mountains. Ocasionally, the trees open out to offer some nice views looking back down the climb. Alt de la Musara is nominally open year-round, with only very rare closures due to snow in winter.

Rocacorba

Distance
14 km

Gain
798 m

Road
Single Climb

Time
1 hour to summit

Rocacorba has been used for over a decade by many local pros as a test of form, the famous mountain is a challenge to anyone and everyone. The 10.7 km climb has a deceptive overall gradient of 7%. Starting teasingly gentle before levelling off, disciplined pacing will pay off.

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